Our Favourite Sunscreens for Oily Skin

Our Favourite Sunscreens for Oily Skin

Without question, daily, consistent use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine, is the best way to preserve the health of your skin and reduce the risk of early skin aging (fine lines, uneven skin tone, and loss of radiance) and even skin cancer. The tricky part for those of us with oily skin is finding the right sunscreen that doesn’t leave your skin looking and feeling like a greasy, pore-congested mess.

We’re calling a truce in the struggle between oily skin and sunscreen because Paula’s Choice Skincare has formulated some of the most lightweight, fluid sunscreen formulations imaginable.

Guidelines for the Right Sunscreen for Oily Skin

Consider lightweight sunscreens (sheer or fluid lotions) that dry down to a matte finish. Well-formulated water-based sunscreens with absorbent ingredients are prime candidates!

Avoid formulas that are loaded with emollients like plant oils and fatty acids, which often result in a shiny face (and makeup that seems to slide off your face by lunch).

Stick to broad-spectrum formulas, and choose sunscreens that include antioxidants and soothing agents for multi-tasking benefit.

Paula’s Choice Sunscreens Picks for Oily Skin

Each of the sunscreens we’ve selected fit the criteria we mentioned above exactly, working beautifully for those with oily to combination skin types.

RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid. Want to stack the deck against aging? This water-like formula feels like nothing on skin, yet it’s loaded with soothing ingredients and antioxidants for additional anti-aging benefit.

RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense. This best-selling mineral-based sunscreen imparts a sheer, skin-enhancing tint that sets to a super-matte finish and wears beautifully under makeup or alone. Bonus: You may find you no longer need your oil-absorbing primer as this can do double-duty.

SKIN BALANCING Ultra Sheer Daily Defense. Making good on its name, this "ultra-sheer" formula helps balance combination to oily skin and dries to a soft-matte feel. Your skin will love the light amount of moisture without a greasy finish.

CALM Redness Relief Mineral Moisturizer for Normal to Oily Skin. This gentle formula pampers temperamental, reddened skin with lightweight, soothing hydration. The skin-replenishing blend leaves skin looking healthy and feeling smooth.

Is Foundation with SPF OK?

While we don’t generally recommend relying on foundation as your sole source of sun protection (unless you’re willing to apply it very liberally which is essential when applying any sunscreen), using a foundation or tinted moisturiser with sunscreen in unison with another SPF-enhanced product is absolutely a great option.

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!